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Audio: The Cipher – Ep. 183: Salaam Remi

Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in Audio, Podcast | 0 comments

Salaam is a producer who is behind some of the most popular hip-hop, r&b, pop, and dancehall songs of the past several decades. His work with icons like Nas, Amy Winehouse, and The Fugees has been on the airwaves and on the charts consistently since the 1990s.

Salaam is the son of a musician, and got his start early, working on songs with the likes of Kurtis Blow as a teenager in the mid-1980s. By the early 90s, he was already producing hip-hop and dancehall. He did some remixes for an under-appreciated rap group called The Fugees whose first album was on the verge of flopping, and that quickly led to him producing the song “Fu-gee-la” on their monster hit follow up album The Score.

But it was in the early 2000s that Salaam really hit his commercial stride, as he began working closely with Nas on, including many others, the iconic single “Made You Look.” And Remi began working closely with a young singer from London named Amy Winehouse on her 2003 debut Frank, and also produced five songs on her smash hit follow up Back to Black. Miraculously, that’s only the beginning of Salaam’s track record as a producer, musician, composer, and executive.

Tracks featured in this episode:

Kurtis Blow, “Magilla Gorilla”
Fat Boys, “Boys Will Be Boys”
Boo-Dah Bliss Crew, “Pass the Boo-Dah”
Doug E. Fresh, “Original Human Beatbox”
John Coltrane, “A Love Supreme, Pt. III – Pursuance”
Joe Tex, “Papa Was Too”
Chuck Chillout Mix Show Intro – 98.7 Kiss FM WRKS New York – 1988
The Honeydrippers, “Impeach the President
Bob James, “Take Me to the Mardi Gras”
Biz Markie, “Young Girl Bluez”
Slick Rick & Doug E. Fresh – La Di Da Di (Full Version)
Biz Markie, “Young Girl Bluez”
Zhigge, “Toss It Up”
Patra f/Lyn Collins, “Think (About It)”
Lyn Collins, “Think (About It)
Patra f/Lyn Collins, “Think (About It)”
Run-DMC, “Sucker M.C.’s (Krush-Groove 1)”
Run-DMC, “Russell & Larry Running At The Mouth”
Nas, “What Goes Around”
Yellowman, “I’m Getting Married”
Super Cat, “Ghetto Red Hot (Hip Hop Mix)”
Bobby Konders & Massive Sounds f/ Mikey Jarrett, “Mack Daddy”
Dennis Brown, “Africa”
Chaka Demus & Pliers, Murder She Wrote (Original Mix) f/ Sly & Robbie
Fugees, “Fu-Gee-La – Sly & Robbie Mix”
Bob Marley & The Wailers, “Exodus”
Dennis Brown, “Money In My Pocket”
Fugees, “Nappy Heads – Remix”
Fugees, “Vocab – Salaam’s Remix”
Fugees, “Recharge”
A Tribe Called Quest, “Bonita Applebum – includes ‘Can I Kick It’ Intro”
Fugees, “Killing Me Softly with His Song”
Mobb Deep, “Give Up the Goods (Just Step) f. Big Noyd”
The Fugees, “Fu-Gee-La”
Wyclef Jean, “What’s Clef”
Wyclef Jean, “What’s Clef”
Wyclef Jean, “What’s Clef”
Wyclef Jean, “What’s Clef”
Amy Winehouse, “Just Friends”
Amy Winehouse, “Addicted”
Amy Winehouse, “Me and Mr Jones”
Amy Winehouse, “Fuck Me Pumps”
The DL: Amy Winehouse Interview – Kelly Osbourne
Amy Winehouse, “Rehab”
Ini Kamoze, “Here Comes the Hotstepper – Heartical Mix”
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”
Amy Winehouse, “Tears Dry On Their Own”
Mack Wilds, “Cold”
Mack Wilds, “Own It”
Mack Wilds, “MaGic!!!”
Mack Wilds f/Raekwon & Doug E. Fresh, “U Can Cry to Me”
Mobb Deep f/Big Noyd, “The Learning (Burn)”
Mack Wilds, “Henny”
Mack Wilds, “Remember the Time”
Nas Dissin hot 97
Nas, “Made You Look”
Public Enemy, “Rebel Without a Pause”
Run-D.M.C.,”Run’s House”
Boogie Down Productions,”My Philosophy”
Eric B. and Rakim,”I Ain’t no Joke”
Nas, “I Can”
Nas f/Alicia Keys, “Warrior Song”
Alicia Keys Fur Elise
Nas f/Bravehearts, “Zone Out”
Nas, “Get Down”
Nas f/Kelis & Claudette Ortiz, “Hey Nas”
Nas f/Jadakiss & Ludacris, “Made You Look (Remix)”
Kurupt, “Take Off”
Ja Rule, “Loose Change”
Incredible Bongo Band, “Apache”
Nas, “Made You Look”
Nas f/Scarlett, “Sekou Story”
Nas, “Who Killed It?”
Bessie Smith, “Nobody Knows You when You’re Down and OUt
Miles Davis, “Bitches Brew”
Nas, “Talk of New York”
Jurassic 5, “Radio”
Nas, “U.B.R. (Unauthorized Biography Of Rakim)”
Eric B. & Rakim, “My Melody”
Lalo Schifrin f/Salaam Remi, “Main Title – Rush Hour Theme”
Salaam Remi, “Praguenosis”
Nas, “A Queens Story”
Salaam Remi, “Queens Story”
Nas, “Where Y’All At”
Nas, “A Queens Story”
Nas, “I’m A Villain”
Nas, “Represent”
Nas, “Bye Baby”
Jazmine Sullivan, “Lions, Tigers & Bears”
Jazmine Sullivan, “Bust Your Windows”
Salaam Remi f/ Miguel, “Come Through and Chill”

Audio: French Montana – “Paid For” ft Chinx & Max B

Posted by on Oct 12, 2016 in Audio, News | 0 comments


Coke Boys/Bad Boy recording artist French Montana is one to make sure that he has material out for his fans to plug into. In his latest offering, Frenchie drops “Paid For”, a nine minute track that is actually two songs; the first has him speaking to two of hip hop stars gone too soon. Chinx aka Chinx Drugz, who was slain in a still unresolved murder, was signed to French’s Coke Boys imprint and released several songs with French Montana.(Chinx was also a member of Riot Squad, which is the movement that the late Stack Bundles was the front man of.) Max B, who recently won an appeal on a 75 year prison sentence, is also a long time rhyme partner with Montana and has a slew of fan favorite singles and mixtapes with him. From the time French reached the national spotlight, he has been screaming “Free Max B” and has not allowed the world to forget about him. In the aftermath of Chinx’s murder, French has also been vocal in keeping his memory alive.

With “Paid For”, French has a conversation with both of his friends in the first part of this track. In the second part, we get treated to verses from both Chinx and Max to round out the respect paid to them both. #PRESSPLAY

Audio: The Cipher Show: Allah B Episode

Posted by on May 28, 2016 in Audio, Interviews, Podcast | 0 comments


The Cipher Show, hosted by Shawn Setaro, airs every Tuesday night at 7pm eastern standard time, 4pm pacific standard time on Ground Up Radio’ online stream! #PRESSPLAY

“Allah B is a longtime member of the Nation of Gods and Earths, formerly known as the Five Percenters. He grew up in Harlem in the 1950s and 60s, a time when the Nation of Islam had huge influence thanks to its minister, Malcolm X. Clarence 13X Smith was an NOI member who became disenchanted with the group around 1963, and formed his own organization the following year. Clarence quickly became known as “Allah” or “The Father,” and most of his early disciples were teenage boys, Allah B among them.

The group, originally known as the Five Percenters and now as the Nation of Gods and Earths, grew steadily until Allah’s murder in June 1969. It would have a rebirth in the 1980s and 90s, as many of the young children raised in the group’s beliefs would go into hip-hop and spread Five Percenter beliefs, slang, and practices far and wide.

If you’ve ever listened to Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, or the Wu-Tang Clan, said “Peace” or “word,” or stood in a b-boy stance, you owe a huge debt to the Gods and Earths, whether you realize it or not. Allah B has been there for the group’s whole history, and shares it with us in this interview.”

Tracks featured in this episode:

RZA, “The Birth”
Rakim, “The Mystery (Who Is God?)”
Poor Righteous Teachers, “Butt Naked Booty Bless”
Shabazz The Disciple, “Death Be The Penalty”
J-Live, “Them That’s Not”
Kanye West, “I Am A God”
Noreaga, “Superthug”
Wu-Tang Clan, “Da Mystery Of Chessboxin’”
Brand Nubian, “Ain’t No Mystery”
Digable Planets, “Where I’m From”
Babatunde Olatunji, “Jin-Go-Lo-Ba (Jin-Go-Low-Bah)”
Busta Rhymes, “Salute Da Gods!!”
Lord Jamar, “Supreme Mathematics (Born Mix)”
Big Daddy Kane, “Just Rhymin’ With Biz”
Gang Starr, “Who’s Gonna Take The Weight”
Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, “Anger In The Nation”
Showbiz & A.G., “Runaway Slave”
Two Kings in a Cipher, “Kemit-Cal Reaction”
Brand Nubian, “Wake Up – Explicit Stimulated Dummies Mix”
Eric B. and Rakim, “Follow The Leader”
Brand Nubian, “Young Son”
Brand Nubian, “Wake Up – Explicit Reprise In The Sunshine”
Brand Nubian & the 5% Nation on Yo! MTV Raps Interview
Lakim Shabazz, “All True And Living”
Jay Z, “Heaven”
Erykah Badu, “On & On”
Show notes:

Michael Muhammad Knight, The Five Percenters: Islam, Hip-hop and the Gods of New York
The Black God: An Anthology of Truth
FBI Records: Five Percenters

VUBM RADIO: Novel Bandana Interview

Posted by on May 6, 2016 in Audio, Podcast | 0 comments



VUBM stands for “Virginia Underground Block Music’ and is a radio show hosted by personality/producer/artist Bobby Flawless. It showcases the underground artists of Virginia and their music, story, and movements

This episode features Novel Bandana, a Newport News, Virgina hip hop artist who is generating a buzz with his album “The Bandana LP“.

VUBM Radio airs every Wednesday 10am-11am EST on Ground Up Radio!!



Purchase and download “The Bandana Lp” by Novel Bandana

Audio: Funkadelic ft. Kendrick Lamar & Ice Cube – “Ain’t That Funkin Kinda Hard On You?”

Posted by on Feb 21, 2016 in Audio | 1 comment

“WE WANT THE FUNK!!” It seems that the saying is proving to be timeless. Funkadelic, the collective band that is known for its hits in the genre of funk music that include “Knee Deep” and “One Nation Under A Groove”, and it’s frontman/lead vocalist George Clinton, has shared a new track featuring Grammy Award winning hip hop star Kendrick Lamar and legendary hip hop icon Ice Cube. “Ain’t That Funkin Kinda Hard On You? (Remix)” is a smooth groove that finds Kendrick and Cube fitting in comfortably. No strangers to funk, Kendrick’s rap album of the year “To Pimp A Butterfly” was strongly influenced by funk and Ice Cube has rhymed on funk tracks his whole rap career, which includes the 1994 collaboration with George Clinton, “Bop Gun”. #PRESSPLAY

Audio: Prodigy – “Tyranny”

Posted by on Feb 21, 2016 in Audio | 1 comment

Timeless rap duo Mobb Deep continues to tour and release music to the fans who can “never get enough of this”.  Prodigy has made it known that his next solo album, “The Hegelian Dialectic”, is coming, as well as another Mobb Deep album. We’ve been waiting……

…..and here we are! Prodigy drops his first single from the album, titled “Tyranny”. Speaking his point of view on racial and social issues, P points out that the real enemy is the government and those factors are only distractions. Prodigy delivers in the only way he knows…hardcore. #PRESSPLAY

Audio: J Dilla – “The Introduction”

Posted by on Feb 21, 2016 in Audio | 0 comments

After announcing last week that they will be releasing a posthumous album from iconic hip hop producer/emcee J Dilla, Mass Appeal Records (independent record label under the ownership of rap legend, Nas) posted the first track off the album to their Soundcloud page ( The track features Dilla spitting bars over the production, which is handled by himself (of course) and House Shoes. #PRESSPLAY

This release will be the second posthomous release on the label as it follows the December 2015 release of legendary UGK rapper Pimp C’s “Long Live The Pimp” album.

‘The Estate of James Yancey has revived J Dilla’s longstanding company PayJay as a functioning imprint to release Dilla’s long lost vocal album, The Diary on April 15th, in conjunction with Mass Appeal Records. Initially intended for release in 2002, The Diary is the final batch of unissued material that Dilla had assembled for release during his lifetime, lending crucial insight into the producer’s prowess and thought process in the period leading up to his break with the major label system and the extremely fertile period that followed (which encompassed the making of the canonical classics Ruff Draft, Jaylib, and Donuts). The Diary features vocal performances by J Dilla, Snoop Dogg, Bilal, Kokane, Frank and Dank, Nottz and Boogie, over production by Dilla, Madlib, Pete Rock, Hi-tek, Nottz, House Shoes, Supa Dave West, Bink! and Karriem Riggins.”

– Mass Appeal Records Soundcloud page

“The Introduction” – produced by House Shoes with additional production by J Dilla

Pre-order on iTunes:


1. The Introduction
2. The Anthem feat. Frank & Dank
3. Fight Club feat. Nottz & Boogie
4. The Shining Pt. 1 (Diamonds) feat. Kenny Wray
5. The Shining Pt. 2 (Ice)
6. Trucks
7. Gangsta Boogie feat. Snoop Dogg & Kokane
8. Drive Me Wild
9. Give Them What They Want
10. The Creep (The O)
11. The Ex feat. Bilal
12. So Far
13. Fuck The Police
14. The Diary
15. Bonus Track 1 [iTunes Exclusive]
16. Bonus Track 2 [iTunes Exclusive]

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